Today's school was very enjoyable. Extremely warm, welcoming and inviting.
Manisha Tailor, SRtRC educator
On the 3/12/15 SRtRC educators Manisha Tailor and Francis Duku visited year 5 and 6 students at Templewood School in Hertfordshire in workshops part funded by Herts for Learning.
During the day we talked about racism and discrimination in general. Students all assembled in the hall at the start of the day to watch our SRtRC DVD and to get an introduction to the day. They then split into classes and experienced workshops where they are encouraged to express their views and talk about their concerns. They also took part in a fitness session. Manisha said that “The children in Year 5 were brilliant and worked well both outside for the football session and in the classroom. For the football session I asked them to work in mix-gender pairs. At first they did not like the idea of working in this way or with those that they usually would no play with. However, at the end of the session they understood the importance of valuing each other and that to work effectively in a team, integration is paramount".
Students said that they really enjoyed the day, and appreciated being heard. Young people from year 5 said "We found out how racism can link with sport and that it is not just about skin colour. We now know that a form of racism can be through insulting others and that it is against the law. We understand that racism is important and can affect people and make them feel sad and frustrated". This understanding is so important as is increasing empathy in young people. Mr Gary Bryan the Year 5 teacher, said "The workshops have addressed a lot of misconceptions about racism and has made the children more aware of what it is and see the world with a broader view".
In the end it really is all about education and discussion. We would like to thank the school which was, in Manisha’s words, “...very enjoyable. Extremely warm, welcoming and inviting.” We would also like to thanks Herts for Learning who part funded the work.